Great Bend City Council meeting at a glance
Here is a quick look at what the Great Bend City Council did Monday night:
• Held work session to discuss 2022 city wages.
• Approved a conditional use permit for Wheatland Electric’s wind energy conversion system to be installed at 200 10th Street.
On May 17, the council adopted an ordinance allowing a conditional use permit to be issued for wind energy conversion systems (WECS) to be placed in M zones subject to certain restrictions and conditions, City Attorney Bob Suelter said. Wheatland has applied for a permit for installation of a WECS at its property 200 10th St.
The request meets all conditions set out in the ordinance, Suelter said. A hearing was held at the June 28 Planning Commission meeting and at the conclusion of the hearing the commission recommended the permit be issued.
On May 17, the council amended the city’s zoning ordinance to allow WECS within the city limits. This amendment provided for a WECS within the city in M-1, M-2, and M-3 (light industrial district, heavy industrial district and industrial park district) if a conditional use permit is issued.
• Approved the 2021 street chip-and-seal project bid from Circle C Paving of Goddard.
For the 2021 year, the city is going to be doing chip and seal with a fog seal top coating on residential streets on approximately 70 blocks, Public Works Director Jason Cauley said. “We received only one bid for this project from Circle C Paving for $248,850, despite sending invites to several companies as well as putting bids out through our typical bid process.”
City crews will be doing some full-depth patching before the chip seal is applied, especially around 17th Street Terrace. he said.
A fog seal is a light application of a diluted slow-setting asphalt emulsion (a thin liquid oil).
The streets included are in the north central, northwestern and western parts of the city.
Cauley said the city has a $400,000 balance in available in the street fund.
• Held three executive sessions totally 65 minutes to conduct the evaluation of City Administrator Kendal Francis. They reconvened in open session and approved a reevaluation in 90 days.
The contract with Francis requires that a review be carried out annually on his anniversary date of July 30.
• Heard an update from City Administrator Kendal Francis.
• Heard an update from Christina Hayes, Convention and Visitors Bureau director and community coordinator.
• Approved various permissions for Party in the Park Saturday, Aug. 14.
• Approved the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) waiver for 2021.
Each year the city requests a waiver from the GAAP for the reporting of city’s financial statements and to allow the City to use the regulatory basis of accounting under the Kansas Municipal Audit and Accounting Guide, said City Clerk/Finance Director Shawna Schafer.
The KMAAG regulatory basis does not recognize capital assets, long-term debt, or accrued receivables and payables other than accounts payable and encumbrance obligations. This makes more sense for the city’s auditing purposes.
• Approved abatements for accumulation of trash and refuse at: 1441 2ND, Misael Rodriguez; 418 Dogwood, Ivan Galindo Coronel; 313 Evergreen, Jorge and Edevelia Alvarez; 910 9th, Sandpiper, Mobile Holdings LLC.; 812 Pine Place, Mjlinares Properties LLC. and TM Acquisitions LLC.; 823 Pine Place, Mjlinares Properties LLC.; 518 Odell, Consuela and Villa Cesar Cardenas; 407 McKinley, Mark D. and Krista G. Ball; 2718 20th, Linda Graves; 2406 18th, Ishmael A. Montelongo; 1314 Morphy, January R. Pecora; 1305 Morphy, Around The Clock Bails Bondsman; 1201 Odell, Lee F. Culling; 1019 Jefferson, Tyson Sanders; and 2306 Adams, Brianna Feist.
• Approved an abatement for removal of trees, shrubs obstruct view at 722 Baker, James Vanass.
• Approved an abatement for motor Vehicle nuisance at 2311 Polk, Richard L. and Glenda R. Zimmerman.